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Outcomes of NPC, CPPCC annual sessions catch eyes worldwide

03-15-2011 15:01 BJT Special Report:2011 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

BEIJING, March 15 (Xinhua) -- The annual sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC)and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), have concluded here, with its achievements still the focus of world attention.

Some foreign observers noted that the Chinese government can always readjust its development direction in line with the changing domestic and international situations, and many said the 7-percent growth target set in China's 12th Five-Year Plan is pragmatic.

The Chinese government has managed to make timely policy adjustment by going with the trend of times, and listening to the opinions of the people. In this way it sends a message of hope and confidence to the people, said Jeong Hae-hoon, president of South Korea's Korean Northern Relations Council.

Li Cheng, director of John L.Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institute, described the growth target set by the sessions as "practical," and said he believed that China can reach this target.

The two annual sessions show the continuity of the Chinese government's policies, rather than radical changes, he added.

Former Russian Ambassador to China Igor Rogachev said the 12th Five-Year Plan will become a very important document in China's history and the targets for social and economic developments set by the Chinese government are practical.

"I have no doubt that these targets can be achieved," Rogachev told Xinhua.

The decisions made at the NPC and CPPCC sessions were wise and China's 12th Five-Year Plan could be fully realized, said Sergey Koshevoy, an expert at the International Ukrainian-Chinese Trade and Law Association.

"The NPC and the CPPCC, with its consultative role, are places of discussion and internal debate, confrontation and dialogue on key issues that demonstrate China's desire to build a stronger internal consensus," said Flora Sapio, researcher at Italy's Center of Advanced Studies on Contemporary China (CASCC) based in Turin.

It was not easy for China to transform its economic model, said Lee Young-joo, chief director of the Chinese Political and Cultural Research Institute of Korea.

But Lee said he believed that the Chinese people, led by their wise leaders, can surely overcome difficulties and achieve economic restructuring in a short time.

"We need to put people first, make ensuring and improving their well-being the starting point and goal of all work, unwaveringly work for prosperity for all and ensure that everyone shares the fruits of development," said Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, whose remarks have impressed many foreign observers.

Yang Wenkai, chief editor of Chubun (Chinese Review Weekly), a Tokyo-based Chinese-language newspaper, said the annual sessions of the NPC and CPPCC had many highlights, but he is most impressed by the emphasis on improving people's well-being in Premier Wen's report on the work of government.

A strong country is a manifestation of growth, but to make its people wealthy constitutes the ultimate goal of development, he said.

Yao Shujie, dean of Contemporary Chinese Studies School of Nottingham University, shared this view, saying that emphasis on people's welling-being, efforts to blaze a trail for sustained development and transform China's mode of development came as the most impressive achievements of the two annual sessions.

Li Cheng lauded the sessions by China's top legislature and advisory body as very pragmatic, saying they have put people's well-being higher on the agenda than any previous ones.

Applauding China's growing emphasis on how to make people happier, Jeong of the Korean Northern Relations Council said that compared with GDP, happiness is more of an extensive, practical index which could touch the lives of ordinary people.

Pierre Picquart, a China expert from the University of Paris, said discussion on building "a happy China" marked the country has ushered into a new era in its social development.

This reflected that China, after three decades of development, has shifted its focus from making the "pie" of social wealth bigger to dividing the wealth even better among the people, he added.

Foreign observers have agreed that the direction of economic development set up by the two sessions is not only significant for China, but also for the whole world.

Yang said the overall situation for China's development this year remains optimistic and will continue to boost the recovery and further growth of world economy.

Issues raised at the two sessions have drawn the most attention all over the world and orientations of the sessions are seen as a global indicator.

"In my opinion, the meetings have a great importance for China and for the whole world," Koshevoy said.

"China is trying to live in harmony with all the countries, and I can say that without China, the world will not feel stable and confident about the future," he said.

Picquart said China has become an engine to push for the world economic growth and China's development will contribute to establishing new balance in world economy and provide new opportunities for other developing countries.

Gu Xuewu, director of the Center for Global Studies at the University of Bonn, saw the impact of two sessions on the world from a different angle.

He said the expansion of domestic demand had become a priority in China's economic restructuring, which will help reduce reliance on foreign economies and resolve trade conflicts with European countries and the United Sates.

Foreign observers believe that China has a bright future, despite enormous challenges it will meet in the coming years.

Russian media pointed out that the two annual sessions would become a turning point in the process of Chinese development.

As China has given up its pursuit of an 8-percent economic growth, and pours more resources to social security, it is expected that the Chinese economy and social development will witness profound changes in the coming five years, some Russian media predicted.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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